The Earthquake I Didn’t Notice


Britain hit by EARTHQUAKE as people report ‘violent shaking’ in homes from Cornwall to Blackpool

Terrified Britons told of damaged buildings, objects falling off shelves or walls, furniture moving and lights flickering when the strongest tremor in a decade hit just after 2.30 pm near Swansea in South Wales.

Several buildings in Bristol were damaged, Swansea University was evacuated and people ran into the streets in fear, as the tremor was compared to everything from a “massive explosion” to a car crash.

The earthquake was felt by as many as 10 million Brits as far away as 200 miles from the epicentre in Cwmllynfell, and it was the strongest in South Wales in more than 100 years.

There was confusion and panic in the immediate aftermath, as many Britons weren’t sure what they were experiencing as their homes were rattled by the tremor.

In another report the earthquake was located 3 km NE of Clydach, Wales.

I live quite near Wales (red star right). So I was only about 100 km (62 miles) away.

People all over England seem to have felt it.

But I didn’t feel a thing.

I would have been sat in front of my computer yesterday at 2:30 pm. Perhaps I was too lost in thought to notice?

But I remember noticing an earthquake when I was living in Bristol about 30 years ago. I had a TV set with a telescopic aerial which started waving around.

Perhaps I should keep a little telescopic aerial somewhere, to notify me of these events.

Or is it that the earthquake shock waves are felt more readily in some places rather than others?

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27 Responses to The Earthquake I Didn’t Notice

  1. Rose says:

    A chandelier makes a good minor earthquake detector, but when we had a bigger one some years ago, it shook my bed and left me in no doubt of what had happened. That morning we discovered a fine crack running across the hearth and up the centre of the fireplace.

    Earthquake rocks Leeds
    27 February 2008

    “YORKSHIRE was left shaken and stirred when the UK was hit by its biggest earthquake in nearly 25 years. The epicentre of the 10-second quake – which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale – was near Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire.
    But the tremor was felt right across Yorkshire and as far afield as Brighton and Wales.

    “Juliet Burke, 22, of Hyde Park, Leeds, was among thousands of people given a rude awakening just before 1am. She told the YEP: “I was really scared. I got confused, thinking it can’t be an earthquake, this is England! My bed was shaking and a big mirror leaning against my wall was wobbling.”

  2. virtualbarman says:

    We get them frequently here (Cyprus) but I rarely notice them…

  3. Joe Public says:

    That was about the time the missus & I were conducting ‘Ugandan Discussions’ (™Private Eye)

    Her post-coital comment praised my performance for ‘making the earth move’.

    Should I feel guilty at accepting all the praise?

  4. beobrigitte says:

    Britain hit by EARTHQUAKE as people report ‘violent shaking’ in homes from Cornwall to Blackpool
    Yesterday? Friday?
    I’m afraid I did not notice anything yesterday or on Friday. On both afternoons I was on the second floor, on Friday in the gym and yesterday at home and would have felt the rhythmic movement earthquakes produce, more.

    Or is it that the earthquake shock waves are felt more readily in some places rather than others?
    It looks like people in the Yorkshire Dales didn’t notice the earthquake, either. Maybe this is the case? How?

    • virtualbarman says:

      Could it be that distribution s not linear but sinusoidal… ? So if you happen to be at the peak or trough you feel it but if you happen to live at the median you feel nothing…?

      Or could it be linked to the status of the soil your house is built on…?

  5. Tony says:

    I imagine that if your house is built on hard rock such as granit that is directly connected to the epicentre of the earthquake then you’ll feel it tens or hundreds of miles away. But if there is soft rock or soil etc in between then you won’t.

  6. jaxthefirst says:

    Well, I didn’t feel a thing. But then, I do live in the leafy, affluent South East, and we Don’t Allow That Sort Of Thing down here. Goodness me! Earthquakes? Might spill our Gin & Tonics, and that would never do! :D

  7. Frank, this might interest you. :-)

    I’d not heard of Universal Basic Income.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’d heard of it. Money for nothing.

      • Peter Carter says:

        “Money for nothing.”

        Don’t we all get money for nothing? None of us has had a hand in inventing the technology that works for us – nor the energy that bubbles out of the ground.

        (OK, some of us may have contributed in a tiny way to the technology, and got paid for it. But we’d probably have found it so interesting we’d have done it for free if ‘idle’!).

        Universal Basic Income is just another way of distributing the common wealth..?

        • Frank Davis says:

          Don’t we all get money for nothing?

          No. Some of us worked to earn their money.

          I may not have invented the digital computer, but as a computer programmer for many years (being paid for the work I did) I was helping to build upon that technology, for example by getting it to do things things with CAD packages. That was work, just like manual work with a spade or a hammer.

          Of course, we’d all like to get money for nothing. If we get a pay rise at work, it usually means we’re being paid more for doing the same amount of work. And very often promotion in work means being paid more for doing less. And ideally we’d like to be promoted to a job in which we’re paid pots of money for doing nothing at all.

          But the real world is not like that. We can’t all be paid for doing nothing..

        • johnm33 says:

          Bankers get money for nothing, when they ‘lend’ you money they create it out of thin air, enter it in your account, then place the security [your contracted promise to repay] on the market. The real beauty of it is that even though it’s in your account, or someone elses, they can still use it for short term trades.

  8. Peter Carter says:

    You seem to have missed the point I was making completely! What I am saying is that the world is replete with natural wealth and the wealth of ideas that we have inherited from previous generations. How this wealth is distributed is decided by ‘The Alphas’. We are deluding ourselves if we think that the wealth we (the relatively lucky ones) enjoy in our lives is purely earned for the work we do. There are people in the world who work far harder for less, and vice versa – and probably live under the same delusion!

    • garyk30 says:

      You do not have a ‘point’.
      Wealth and income are not the same.
      Some people have more income; because, the work they do is more valuable to society or the business they work for.
      I could work very hard at digging ditches; but, my work would not be as valuable to society as the work done by a heart surgeon.

      A person that chooses not to be employed is not as valuable to society as some one that is employed..

    • Frank Davis says:

      As many of my readers know, I have my own ideas about wealth.

      They are set out in Idle Theory.

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